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policy plate. then there is afghanistan, where afghan president hamid karzai has refused to sign a bilateral security agreement or bsa as it is called, with the united states until sometime after the election in 2014 and also he has to get some of his demands met first. national security advisor, president obama's national security advisor susan rice responded to that. here she is. >> if the agreement isn't signed properly, what i said to the president is we would have no choice, we would be compelled by necessity, not by our preference, to have to begin to plan for the prospect that we will not be able to keep our troops here because they will not be invited because of the bsa will not have been signed. >> and that's the threat, general, is that the u.s., which had said that we along with our allies intended to keep a residual force, which was going to be 10, 15,000 troops in afghanistan after the general pullout at the end of 2014 that we might have to go to the zero option and just pull out all troops and all aid entirely. should we make that threat, should we be willing to
to percade hamid karzai to sign. keeping u.s. military troops past 2014. after a second day of talks, paul joins us. >> n.a.t.o. officials meet with afghan's foreign minister. could we be closer to a signature. >> i think the principal you have to think of when you talk about these meetings, is like an apple press. you tighten the pressure in the hope that the juice flows. there's a blockage in the pipeline. it is hamid karzai. he's not willing to sign the bilateral agreement. even john kerry will not speculate as to why he will not sign it. hamid karzai at the moment says no. susan rice went to kabul, he said no. as john kerry says on tuesday here in brussels, there are some 50 nations who are part of the effort to stablilize afghanistan. they have budgetary cycles, planning cycles, and you don't turn off military cycles like this. there has to be planning involved. n.a.t.o. says it needs the signature before the end of the year. n.a.t.o. officials said any signature will do. hamid karzai says he will not sign it until next year. could it strain relations with president hamid karzai. >> i
not meet with president hamid karzai who ruffled feathers by refusing to sign a security deal. >>> a pod of wayward whales has risen. officials found 11 dead pilot whales in the florida keys sunday afternoon bringing the number of recovered character casts carcasses to 52. officials do not know the status of the remaining whales. >>> okay, a bizarre plane incident left one passenger with quite the surprise. tom wagner was on united flight from louisiana to california when he awoke to find the flight empty and the plane locked. >> i looked up at the ceiling and i saw the lights were out, looked down the aisle an nobody was home. >> you can hear more of wagner's interview this morning coming up on the "today" show. sports from richard lui. good morning. >> good morning. all right. waking up, that might have been tough, right? >> lights were out. nobody home. >> call the girlfriend, let me out. >> somebody come get me. >> exactly. good day. the streak is over. the saints end the eight wins in a row and drew brees leading them to a win at home. brees now the fifth to surpass 50,000 passing y
visit comes as afghan president hamid karzai refuses to sign a deal that would allow u.s. troops to stay in the country past 2014. the u.s. says they want a deal signed by the end of the month. hagel has no plans to meet with karzai on his trip. his office says he is in the country to thank troops for their service. >>> and now, you are about to look at live pictures from johannesburg, south africa, where visitors from all over the world continue to mourn the loss of nelson mandela. memorial plans are under way. it could be the largest service the world has ever seen. president obama will travel to south africa for the memorial along with presidents bush and clinton. they will be joined by other world figures like the pope and celebrities including bill gates and oprah. the public service will be held on tuesday. mandela's body will lie in state for three days. after that his body will be flown to his home village for a private burial. >>> a new battle in the war on christmas. now congress looking to tax your christmas free. your christmas tree. they want to tack on 15 cents per tree. th
this happen again. what would your advice be with to the administration on dealing with the karzai government as we go forward to 2014? >> patience. [laughter] you know, it's, this is maddening. but, you know, i think the important thing is to focus on what is in the u.s. strategic interest. i think a long-term strategic partnership that supports the afghan state and afghan institutions like the armed forces gaining self-sufficiency, independence, capacity is in our interests for all the reasons we lived through on 9/11. i think that is, can be done at a reasonable level of investment. and, you know, i do believe and i share the view that if we're going to have americans on the ground in afghanistan, we have to have a security agreement that insures that they fall under u.s. legal protections, not subject to afghan law. that has always been a red line, and i think it's an appropriate red line. but i also think we heard from the afghan people via the low ya jirga that most of afghan's leadership including i would say just about if not everybody presidential candidate that is running for electi
. no one has said that they are going to need to change it. president karzai has said he does not want to be
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